I’m Carla. I’m a poet, a teacher, a former therapeutic foster parent, a surprisingly good soul food chef and a small-business owner. I’m a Jewish-Black-Pennsylvania Dutch-hint of Mexican and Creole-American. I sing Christmas carols in the shower all year round, I speak passable French and riding a hot air balloon is on my bucket list. Oh yeah, I’m also dancing happily on that LGBT rainbow. A passionate activist, marriage equality promoting, Pride flag bumper sticker on my car even though the kids tell me that’s “soooo 90s!!!” kinda chick. I was so excited when Pennsylvania passed marriage equality here at home that I recruited some friends and threw a party for it. A 2,000 person or so party. Check it out – www.equalityfestyork.com.
You can even see some great wedding pictures there from the group wedding that Mayor Bracey herself officiated. I got me a great wife that day and a whole lot of new friends. Want to know the best part? Many of those new friends WEREN’T part of the LGBT community. They were part of the EQUALITY movement. You know, those strange people who believe that no matter who you love, a family is a family? The ones who believe that regardless of your sexuality, gender expression or identity, race, economic status, ability, age or WHATEVUH, that you should be able to fully participate in all aspects of civic life? Yeah, there are more of us here in York than I dared to hope.
Now, I’m excited about finding them. The GSA starting transgender students and the bisexual artists and the fabulous drag queens and the conservative gay business owners and the kids of gay and lesbian parents and the straight-but-not-narrow awesome folks who are in the trenches working to make sure that EVERYONE gets to live, love and have a great time here in PA. There is a lot going on here in delightful York. Lots of fascinating people, fun adventures and necessary resources available for LGBT folks and their super-cool allies. Let’s find them together, shall we?